RJ's Recommended Reading List

Discipleship and Personal Holiness:

The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role in our Pursuit of Holiness – Jerry Bridges

Knowing God – J.I. Packer

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction – Eugene H. Peterson

Holiness – J.C. Ryle

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald S. Whitney


Ministry and Evangelism:

The Master Plan of Evangelism – Robert E. Coleman

Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City – Timothy Keller

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God – J.I. Packer

The Fuel and the Flame: 10 Keys to Ignite Your College Campus for Jesus Christ – Steve Shadrach


Life Application and Apologetics:

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will – Kevin DeYoung

The Mark of Jesus: Loving in a Way the World Can See – Timothy George and John Woodbridge

The Reason for God – Timothy Keller

Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading – Eugene H. Peterson

Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

Radical – David Platt

Basic Christianity – John R.W. Stott

After you Believe – N.T. Wright



The Mingling of Souls – Matt Chandler

The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

The Meaning of Marriage – Timothy Keller

This Momentary Marriage – John Piper


The Empowered Leader – Calvin Miller

Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer – J. Oswald Sanders


Theology and Doctrine:

According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible – Graeme Goldsworthy

Central Themes in Biblical Theology – eds. Scott J. Hafeman and Paul R. House

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry – Michael Lawrence

Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem

God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology – Gerald Bray

Creeds, Councils, and Christ – Gerald Bray

Old Testament Theology – Paul R. House

Theology of the New Testament – Frank Thielman


General Interest and Biography:

Jesus with Dirty Feet – Don Everts

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of them Now– Meg Jay, PhD

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller

Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller


Bible Study Resources:

ESV Study Bible – (hands down the best out there when it comes to detailed notes and helpful articles)